Antec Phantom 500w Silent PSU

Looking Inside

Looking Inside

As we've already seen, the Phantom 500w is very different in design to any other power supply on the market from the outside, but how about the inside? Lets take a look...

Antec Phantom 500w Inside Antec Phantom 500w Inside

Looking inside the Phantom, we can see that components of reasonable size and quality have been used. All components that produce heat have been fitted with aluminium heatsinks to keep the unit cool and help maintain its efficiency.

During my inspection of the unit I was unable to find any adjustable potentiometers, which could have potentially been use to adjust the rail voltages.

Antec Phantom 500w Heatsink Antec Phantom 500w Heatsink

As we can see from above, heat is transferred from the heatsinks and other components to the large surface area of the aluminium casing by thermal tape. This maximises the cooling potential rather than relying on air to transfer the heat into the casing.

Antec Phantom 500w Fan Antec Phantom 500w Fan

As previously mentioned, the Phantom is a hybrid design. This means that under idle and 'light load' conditions, the Phantom relies on passive cooling to keep the components cool. However, under heavy load conditions, the Phantom utilises an 80mm fan manufactured by XFan to prevent the unit from overheating.

The fan spins at 2500rpm, producing an airflow of 26.01cfm and a noise level of 27.08dBA. This would seem to be a very good choice of fan for a unit designed to be quiet, and we'll be testing this on the next page...
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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2006, 05:29:00

Originally Posted by name='"XMS"'
Quiet as a dead mouse

Nice review - would be a great one for a media PC Quote

11-08-2006, 05:36:12

Nice little PSU for those who really value silence. Very neat looking little unitQuote

11-08-2006, 05:50:39

Nice review but i wouldn't consider getting oneQuote

11-08-2006, 07:49:49

Yeah its a good looking unit with some good features. Out of all the PSU's i;ve tested so far, this would have to be the best for a silent PC build.

If anybody wants to see any other silent PSU's tested, let me know Quote

11-08-2006, 13:26:20

how about a tagan 580w review? looking at one for my buildQuote

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